CHRIS BATTAGLIA

Thoughts

THE DACEY WEDDING

If you've never attended Notre Dame** and Soul-clapped to Michael Jackson's "I Will Be There"...

If you didn't know that sea-kayak guide and wilderness-groomed Phil Hunter missed the rehearsal and ceremony due to flight delays from Alaska, but arrived in the nick of time during the reception...

If you've not felt the emotional gravity of Irish car-bombs with your nearest and dearest before your first dance as a married couple...

If you've not been given a full glass of red wine to consume in under two minutes, or a make disappear a Smirnoff Ice from bended-knee...

If you've not been apart of a wedding flash mob of friends, or of mothers...

If you've not flown in from Australia to be the florist AND bridesmaid in the bridal party...

If you've not permanently marked your body with the logo of a gas station convenience store...

...Then this film is a small introduction into the multi-faceted world of Katie and Kevin Dacey's wedding celebration. Filmed over the long weekend of the 16th of August, the Dacey party traversed the Port of San Francisco - The City that Knows How - as well as smaller towns and neighborhoods in Marin County. Astonishing was the timing of the late Robin Williams' death earlier that week. What Katie and Williams shared was that they both grew up in Larkspur, CA, the picturesque backdrop for all wedding preparations, temporary housing for friends and family, etc.

Lauren Fallat, one of Katie's beloved childhood friends, flew in from Australia - a bridesmaid moonlighting as the wedding's florist as well.

Photography services were born of a college friendship (an ongoing theme) with Michelle Carlisle Lee. Lee's Facebook and website demonstrate a sliver of her professional and maternal prowess. Lee cum husband toted around an 8-month pregnant belly while documenting the rehearsal dinner and wedding day/night, entirely with ease. The couple is rich with positive energy and love, making the 48 hours both more than enjoyable, navigable, and full of synergy.

I must thank the Dacey and Meunier families for bringing me into their world, as I am grateful to be apart of the celebration as friend and hired help. Many thanks to Robin, David, and Hayley Moller who hosted me at their incredible, designed from-scratch, Larkspur home (photo essay here), and toted me around town to wholly grasp the girls' upbringing and environment.

Last, but certainly not least, I thank the Bairstow family. Jeff and Katie - a la their beautiful and alarmingly social progeny, Lizzy and Whitney - have opened the floodgates on New Year celebrations among friends. Lizzy set in stone a tradition of friends being friends with friends (#FBFWF) years ago, and it is because of my perpetual romance with Lake Tahoe New Years traditions that I (and many others) know and love the Daceys.

To introduce the Dacey Wedding film without advising introductory screenings of Tahoe videos in chronological order - would be a disservice to the nascency of many friendships that will long outlast a five minute retrospective wedding film.

It is to better understand the Dacey relationship when seen arms-locked with one another, on bended-knee, consuming (in a rather expeditious fashion!) full glasses of beer in the presence of Nevada's finest police squad. It is for the dancing around in a hamster suit that Lizzy is famous, and the symphonic Smirnoff Icing sung by our Maid of Honor, Hayley, that rile crowds and memories. If all of us didn't trek to Lake Tahoe for the past four years, nor I film and cut together a summary of each holiday weekend, the wedding two months ago might have looked a little different.

Without further a due, I present The Dacey Film, as it grew from a series of introductions, formerly known as 'Tahoe Videos":

THE DACEY WEDDING:

"Eat You Alive/Lay Me Down" by The Oh Hellos (in a live Audiotree recording session) was the perfect musical balance for this brief wedding recap. It's incendiary pop-rock, rooted in traditional Irish folk music - a nod to the Daceys' meeting at their alma mater, Notre Dame**. The spirit of "going home" and the celebrations at the wedding coincide in harmony, reminding the newlyweds and viewers of the film that home is where and with whom you make it.

The unbridled love and deep connection shared between the families made for a brilliant wedding. Below are some images from the days preceding, rounding out the final media installment of the Dacey wedding.

#herecomethedaceys

**go Eagles!